the Drop In Project, the songwriting experience is taken into various
communities. These communities where I regularly share music during my day job, include groups of senior citizens, residents in
Skilled Nursing and Memory Care facilities, adults with Developmental
Disabilities and people in institutional settings.
In a typical Drop In session,
participants contribute ideas, rhythms and melodies to the exercise of
pulling a song out of the moment. Sharing in the creative process, they are
encouraged to voice their experience and thoughts. Their opinions and
suggestions are valued, and are used to guide the direction of the songs as
they are being composed. The result is often a sense of accomplishment, and
a nice song.
The songs in this collection were created
during 1 hour group sessions with residents in a Memory Care Facility. The
songs were then developed, produced & performed by the house band
Benewah Road, at Jubalsun Studios.
I believe that all of these communities
have something to offer, and that perhaps this music project can help them
find their voice.
I am sincerely grateful to the clients,
staff and administrations who participated in this project